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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Washing Bed Sheets

Every Thursday I put fresh sheets on Gray’s bed, and every Friday I put fresh sheets on our bed.  Matt makes fun of me, as he often does on many of my cleanliness issues, for doing this.  But think about it – you spend, depending on how much sleep you get, roughly 50 hours a week laying on your sheets.   Let’s talk about what climbs into the bed with you each night –

•    Dust mites – These are microscopic bugs that feed off of dead skin cells; they live, die, and reproduce in your bed sheets. 
•    Dead skin cells – Did you know your body sheds around a million skin cells per day?
•    Oils and sweat – Your body naturally secretes oils, and if you get hot during the night, your body will sweat in an effort to help you cool down.
•    Food particles -- Do you snack in bed?  Then you could also be laying on crumbs -- a big invitation to bugs. 

This is why I wash my sheets every single week.  I must admit that initially I settled into this pattern because that’s what my mom did – changed sheets weekly.  But given what I’ve read over the years, I find that the junk I could be sleeping on is also a sufficient motivator.  Here are some tips on how to properly care for your bed sheets:

•    Always check and follow the manufacturer’s directions, especially if your sheets have delicate trim or embellishments. 
•    Be sure to wash them separately from other items.  This will help prevent damage from things like zippers and fasteners and will help reduce pilling and tangled garments.
•    Sheets need lots of room to get clean, so be sure to not overload your washing machine. 
•    Pre-treat any stains before washing, and be sure to check that stains have been removed before placing your sheets in the dryer.     
•    Dry sheets completely, remove and fold as soon as the cycle is complete.  Be certain sheets are completely dry before storing them away to help avoid mildew growth. 

Here are a couple additional tips:

•    Be sure to have more than one set of sheets so that you can rotate them.  Doing so will help your sheets last longer. 
•    To efficiently store your sheets, place the folded set inside one of its matching pillowcases and store in the room that they will be used. 

If you ever have questions about how to care for your sheets, or any household item for that matter, stop by one of our locations or shoot me an e-mail at wildwednesday@acleanerworld.com.  We are here to help.

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